The Hakone Museum of Art ( ªüpÙ, Hakone Bijutsukan), located in Gora, was founded by Okada Mokichi in 1952. Its sister museum, the MOA Museum of Art was later built in Atami City on the Izu Peninsula.
The museum displays mainly Japanese ceramics from prehistoric times through the Edo Period (1600-1868). These include a number of large earthenware and ceramic vessels such as a haniwa burial statue classified as an Important Cultural Property.
The museum also features a pretty moss garden with stone paths winding through the shade of its maple trees. The garden beautifully reflects the seasons with brilliant autumn colors during November and vibrant greens in spring. There is also a teahouse where green tea is served for a small fee.
Besides the moss garden, the museum grounds additionally feature a Japanese landscape garden, the Sekirakuen Garden, which is open only on weekends, national holidays and everyday during the month of November. The garden spreads over the slopes of Gora, featuring large decorative stones, a mountain stream and views over the valley and mountains.
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing
December 25 to 31, and January 4 to 8
Sekirakuen Garden is closed on weekdays (except in November and on national holidays)